Tag: Cyprus

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President Tatar tells EU to ‘contribute to a solution, not to the conflict’ in Cyprus

“We are ready to continue and expand our cooperation with the EU”, President Ersin Tatar told Mario Nava, the European Union Director-General for Structural Reform Support, in an online meeting on Thursday, 3 February. The Turkish Cypriot leader was discussing improving cooperation with the European Union (EU) through different projects that are designed to aid […]

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European Commission offers 140 scholarships for Turkish Cypriots to study in the EU

A new funding initiative has been announced by the European Union to help Turkish Cypriots wanting to pursue higher and vocational education in an EU member state. Earlier this week, the European Commission announced details of its latest scholarship programme for “the Turkish Cypriot community” for the next academic year. The 2022/23 EU Scholarship scheme […]

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Environmental group Avli calls on both sides in Cyprus to ‘rise to occasion and coordinate a response to the Baniyas Oil Spill’

A massive oil leak from a faulty power plant in Syria continues to threaten the eastern coastline of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus. The Turkish Cypriot government has turned to Turkey for help, while side-stepping offers of assistance from neighbouring South Cyprus. Although the situation appears under control, changing wind and sea currents have […]

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Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot youth unite to combat climate change at “Avli’s Summer Camp”

Last weekend, thirty young people from different backgrounds in Cyprus attended the first “Avli’s Summer Camp” in the village of Tatlısu, situated on the northern coast of Famagusta district. During a summer where wildfires have hit both sides of Cyprus, as well as Turkey and Greece, climate change is weighing ever heavier on the consciousnesses […]

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Turkish Defence Minister Akar: “You can’t get anywhere by ignoring Turkish Cypriots and Turkey”

Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar has underlined the role of Turkey in Cyprus, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean region, telling the international community, “You can’t get anywhere by ignoring Turkish Cypriots, and the Republic of Turkey.” The minister made the comments during a defence press briefing on Wednesday that covered a wide range of […]

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Turkish Cypriot hellim producers can sell to EU through island-wide PDO, but will still face discrimination

After years of disputes, Cypriot cheese – known in Turkish as hellim and in Greek as halloumi – has been granted Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status by the European Union. Member states “unanimously supported” the PDO proposals earlier today, which are applicable to “all parts of Cyprus”, according to a tweet by Elisa Ferreira, the European […]